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  • Harmony falls 1.5 percent as the gold producer says workers at its Kusasalethu mine near Johannesburg have downed tools in the latest illegal strike to hit South Africa's mining sector. Brasher, who will start in February 2013, will take over the retailer as it fights to defend market share from domestic rivals, including the local unit of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart.

  • BRIEF-Fusion IP's portfolio company buys US-based ICR Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Fusion IP PLC:. *Fusion portfolio company i2l- acquisition. *Buys US based icr to create global biocides laboratory and field trials.

  • BRIEF-De Beers names Anglo's Carroll as chairman Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:01 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Diamond miner De Beers:. *De beers says names anglo american's cynthia carroll as chairman. *De beers says anglo's brian beamish, Peter Whitcutt also appointed to de.

  • Pearson chief executive to step down Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    LONDON-- Pearson PLC, the U.K. publisher and education company, said Wednesday that chief executive Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down.

  • UPDATE 2-Ex-Tesco boss to head up S.Africa's Pick n Pay Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    named the former head of Tesco's UK business as its new chief executive on Wednesday, as the country's No.2 grocer struggles to regain market share and fend off competition from U.S. giant Wal-Mart. Brasher will take charge of a retailer that has lost market share to domestic rivals and is now facing further pressure from Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Shares in miner Anglo American fall more than 2 percent as wildcat strikes in South Africa's mines spread to iron ore, with some 300 workers at the mining group's Kumba Iron Ore subsidiary downing tools.

  • Brent crude falls more than $2 per barrel, data weighs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Brent crude oil futures extended losses on Wednesday to fall more than $2 per barrel as weak data intensified worries about the global economy and the outlook for oil demand. By 1246 GMT, oil Brent crude was down $2.03 per barrel at $109.54. Chinese and European PMI data came in below expectations.

  • RPT-GLOBAL ECONOMY-Europe's woes deepen and China slows Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    *Australia trade deficit balloons unexpectedly. LONDON, Oct 3- The euro zone's economic woes increased last month and China's slowdown looked likely to extend to a seventh quarter, surveys showed on Wednesday, but there was better-than-expected news on U.S. jobs.

  • By Robin Paxton and Carolyn Cohn. ASTANA/ LONDON, Oct 3- Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund has rescued the country's No.3 bank for the second time in as many years, forging a deal to cut the bank's $11.2 billion of debt that will see its majority stake rise and creditors lose less than feared.

  • US crude oil extends losses on economy worry Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. crude oil extended losses to fall more than $1 on Wednesday, with weak economic data weighing on the global oil demand outlook. By 1223 GMT U.S. light crude oil futures had fallen as low as $90.81 a barrel, down $1.08 from the previous close. Brent crude was down $1.32 at $110.25 a barrel.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Signs the global economic slowdown may be worsening sent world share markets and oil lower on Wednesday, while the euro held steady against the dollar as investors waited for Spain to take the steps to trigger European Central Bank intervention.

  • STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-Capita hit by CRB contract update Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:21 AM ET

    Shares in support and outsourcing service provider Capita. Capita has lost out on the Disclosure and Barring Service contract, which will replace the Criminal Records Bureau, whose contract with Capita runs until March 2013. A London- based trader says the missed contract that was moving the stock.

  • Greece looks out to sea for gas wealth salvation Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    LONDON/ MILAN, Oct 3- Offshore natural gas could dramatically change Greece's fortunes, should early estimates of $600 billion worth of reserves be confirmed, according to a study presented to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in June and seen by Reuters.

  • UK government ditches rail contract Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    LONDON-- The British government's rail policy was thrown into chaos Wednesday after it canceled a disputed contract to run one of the country's busiest lines following the discovery of "unacceptable mistakes" in the way it awarded the franchise.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- National Grid PLC:. *National Grid and Long Island Power Authority announce new long-term power. *Agreed to modify and extend their existing power supply agreement for at.

  • TIMELINE-Clashes and protests in Iran Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    Oct 3- Here is a look at protests in Iran as clashes break out in Tehran over the collapse of the rial currency:. Several people are killed in Tehran and other cities when thousands take to streets.

  • TIMELINE-Clashes in Iran Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    Oct 3- Here is a look at protests in Iran as clashes break out in Tehran over the collapse of the rial currency:. Several people are killed in Tehran and other cities when thousands take to streets.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Key Euribor and Libor bank-to-bank rates hit fresh record lows on Wednesday, as the huge volume of cash pumped into the banking system by the European Central Bank and the prospect of further cuts in its interest rates extended a year-long slide.

  • Deutsche Bank seen hardest hit by Liikanen reforms Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Deutsche Bank is set to be the bank most affected, with profits hit hardest, by proposals to separate higher risk banking activities from traditional deposit-taking business, which are likely to affect about 20 banks, analysts said.

  • European shares edge lower, all eyes on Spain Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:02 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- European stocks edged down on Wednesday, adding to the previous session's losses, weighed down by doubts about whether Spain will soon request a bailout and further signs of a slowdown in China and Europe.

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